Melbourne Leisurefest pulls in a record breaking crowd!

The 2017 Melbourne Leisurefest once again attracted over 32,000 visitors across the four days, setting another record being our highest attendance number at 32,306 in seven years!

Over four days, visitors were entertained and inspired to ‘Go Make Some Memories’ as they saw the best that this industry has to offer with over 220 exhibitors and entertainment for all the family.

Celebrity speakers; Dr Katrina Warren and Merv Hughes were crowd favourites with large numbers enjoying their engaging presentations and many enjoyed a hug with nine-week old border collier puppy ‘Switch’ who was part of Dr Katrina Warren’s presentation on ‘Tip for Travelling with Pets’.  The main stage provided not only our celebrity speakers but also informative seminars and entertainment which was enjoyed by all.

There were plenty of free activities that were embraced by the crowds such as the 4×4 Track where thrill seekers had the opportunity to be driven by a professional driver over the four-wheel drive circuit.  For those wanting a slower paced the Vintage Van displays were a favourite again with many taking a trip down memory lane to eras long forgotten.

The Go Make Some Memories Passport to Freedom competition was as popular as ever, with J. Black of Dingley taking home the major prize: the Jayco ‘Freedom’ Camper Trailer valued at $13,990.

“Congratulations to all of our prize winners and especially to Ms. Black on winning a brand-new camper trailer! We hope it brings you years of happy memories with your family,” said Rob Lucas, CEO of the Caravan Industry Association Victoria.

Passport Prize winners are:
1st       J. Black:  Dingley VIC
2nd      H. Little:  Narre Warren VIC
3rd       S. Kaiser:  Blackburn South VIC
4th       S. Kurtis:  Shepparton VIC
5th       E. Snowden:  Langwarrin VIC

“The stable of exhibitors continues to improve and become more diverse every show. This year in particular we noticed and appreciated the extra effort they went to in order to give our visitors the best possible day out,” said Mr Lucas.

“With 70% of caravanners and campers travelling with their pets these days and consumer feedback we allowed dogs to attend the show this year.  Feedback has indicated that this was an overwhelming success and enticed some outdoor adventurers to attend Melbourne Leisurefest who would not normally attend,” Mr Lucas further commented.

Special thanks must go to the Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce (VACC) who support Melbourne Leisurefest; the show’s major sponsor, Dometic; show partners, AL-KO International, Stratton and G & S Chassis; media partners, 3AW and the Herald Sun; the hundreds of exhibitors and the volunteers who made the show run so smoothly.